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National brewer leaves Cambodia dry

National brewer leaves Cambodia dry

You've heard about the pub with no beer? Meet the brewery that ran dry. Angkor Draft

became Angkor Drought this week when Malaysian-owned Cambrew closed its Sihanoukville

brewery for routine cleaning and repairs, but seemingly forgot to calculate stock

levels.

The result: a shortage at the national brewer, vendor of half the country's pints

of draft lager. A spokesman said the situation was now in hand: the company's trucks

were barrelling around the country delivering the well-known brew less than two days

after being caught short.

A lack of beverage was not the only problem: the spokesman admitted a shortage of

carbon dioxide cylinders meant there was no fizz for those pubs lucky enough to have

a keg, leaving both beer and management feeling a little flat.

Cambrew tried to play down the incident that left thirsty punters in despair, but

admitted company reps had spent the week placating irate bar owners. A barrage of

complaints sent the brewer steaming back into production, but even then not everyone

was satisfied: at least one bar owner was forced to return barrels of under-fermented

brew. Angkor Draft, queried thirsty drinkers? Angkor Flat, more like.

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